PhD Scholarship Opportunity-Heterocyclic derivatives as fragmenting triggers in cancer therapy

The project centres on the synthesis of derivatives of heterocyclic-based compounds, which may form an essential part of novel prodrugs designed to assist in improving outcomes for patients undergoing radiotherapy. Time-resolved measurements of the stability of the compounds, to help formulate synthetic targets, will also be carried out. The goal of the research is to discover compounds which fragment with high efficiency under radiotherapy conditions.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working person for a 3 year PhD studentship in Organic Synthesis in the School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. Applicants should have a strong Honours or Masters degree in Chemistry and have completed a thesis in Organic Synthesis or related studies.

Start date: 1st March 2014, or by negotiation.

The value of the scholarship is NZ$ 25,000 per year for 3 years, and in addition the PhD tuition fees are covered by the scholarship. The starting date is 1st March 2014, or by negotiation.

Applications and enquires should be sent to Associate Professor Brent Copp, School of Chemical Sciences (

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